Monday, February 04, 2013
The truth of humanity, and how we are all just here in this life trying to make it the best that we can, has been on my mind lately. How fragile life is, how painful it can be, how we are all really the same deep down. And also how beautiful it is, how marvelous it can be, and how love is truly what we are all seeking. Love, acceptance, joy, peace. Happiness.
And yet life can be really hard. It can hurt us and make us curl into a ball and cry our eyes out. It can pull the rug right out from under us and drop us to the floor. That is what being human is (and it ainít easy!!!)- itís all a mixture of emotions. Sometimes you will feel open, and amazed and delighted, and other times you will feel closed, hurt and disappointed. And sometimes you will feel all of these at once, because happiness and sadness are not mutually exclusive. Welcome to the complexity of being alive.
Being open and trying to be authentic about our challenges in a medium where we COULD be anyone and present ourselves anyway our imagination takes us is sometimes ?able. It definitely opens us up to being hurt in our vulnerability. To being ?Ďd (Is she ferreal?!*) I hope that it helps others to be more open and honest and accepting of who we all are flaws and all because NO ONE IS PERFECT on this earth. The more we are each real and open with each other the more we can expand into who we were meant to be. Allowing our humanity show through and letting the masks and labels down helps others see us for who we really are and allows them to open up and be real and walk our parallel journeys more openly and honestly without artifice and itís just so much more well REAL and refreshing than playing games and dancing around donít you think?
I love sharing my journey and being open. My story isnít very exciting but I have lots of them. I donít have it all figured out. I donít know all the answers. I have a lot of silly mantras and trite sayings but I believe in the things that I say and that TOGETHER WE CAN. A friend here just said something about me being a missionary for Spark or maybe the BLC and you know, Iím not an Indy Girl or a Matt or San Diego John but you know what Shannon; yes, I am a ďmissionaryĒ for the BLC because I love it just that much and I love and honor the women who have given so much of themselves to grow it into the powerful challenge that it is. Thank you ADMIN and all of the Captains and Co-Captains that give of their time so selflessly to make this HUGE challenge so successful in Sparkland. While I understand that it isnít for everyone, I do get a little sad when people donít take the CHALLENGE (itís called a challenge for a reason) more seriously because it means they arenít taking their journey seriously either.
By sharing and caring and giving back, I am showing others that itís ok to not be ďperfectĒ (which doesnít even exist). Sometimes itís a reminder that weíre all human and struggling in our own ways, and we are all in it together. Sometimes itís someone to be vulnerable and share her (or his) pain so that another person doesnít feel so alone.
I encourage you, as you go throughout your day, to remember this. Remember how we all laugh, we all smile, we all cry, and we all hurt. The woman who smiled at you in the grocery store might have spent the night screaming into her pillow. The man who you cut off in traffic because you are in a hurry might have just lost his wife. We never know. So extend kindness, love, a listening ear, or share a challenge of your own with someone. You may just help another human to accept and love him/herself just a bit more. Remember that deep down, we are all the same. Who can you inspire today?